COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know this weekend

COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know this weekend

  • Quebec reported 1,009 new cases on Saturday and eight new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, 307,394 cases have been confirmed and 10,645 people have died.
  • There are 481 people in the hospital (no change), including 108 in intensive care (a decrease of seven).
  • 53,796 doses of vaccine were administered Thursday for a total of 1,176,670 since December 14.

For the first time in a month and a half, the province is reporting more than 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day. The recent surge in infections comes just as the government eases restrictions in red zones.

Despite the rise in cases, Prime Minister François Legault has said he does not intend to impose any new restrictions immediately and that he is asking Quebeckers to follow the rules already in place.

He also calls on those who celebrate Passover and Easter – which usually involve large family gatherings – to make sure they are following public health guidelines.

Legault says the third wave is upon us, and what remains open or will be closed will depend on how much pressure these new cases place on the healthcare system.

In a presentation by the Institut de recherche en santé publique du Quebec, experts warned that the next few months will not be easy, with variants expected to account for more than half of new cases in the province by early this month. April.

Legault said the variants are of particular concern, and that’s why it’s critical that everyone eligible for the shot have their first injection as soon as possible.

With more people aged 65 and over getting that crucial first blow, the government is betting that fewer people will end up in hospital. On Thursday, the province administered 54,951 doses Thursday, a daily record. He followed that up with over 53,000 doses on Friday

Gyms and spas in the red zones are allowed to reopen. All places of worship can accommodate up to 250 people, depending on capacity, but funerals and weddings will be limited to 25 people in the orange and red zones.

The people of the Gaspé and Magdalen Islands, the Côte-Nord and northern Quebec no longer have to face a curfew, since these regions are now designated as yellow zones.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsened cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea).

If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment at a testing clinic.

To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the online portal. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

Reminders from the Quebec government to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or mask when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public spaces in the province.
  • Stay at least two meters from other people as much as possible.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay abroad.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.


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